File this under “This is why we can’t have nice things”. Apparently, the Alternate Reality Game that Eddy posted about earlier, along with DLC already available on the day of the game’s launch and rumors of the game being a console port has prompted some raging Metacritic users to emancipate Portal 2 from any true Metacritic User Rating by lowering it’s score. Currently, the game sits at a 6.9, which is far lower than expected from such a hotly anticipated game.
So what exactly is the cause? As 1UP is reporting, the disappointment that the aforementioned ARG was a ploy to get people to buy/play Steam games, along with the alleged short length of the game (I guess they aren’t counting the co-op in this) and the -WAIT FOR IT- “obvious console port clues” was just too much for these monsters to bear. A cursory scan of the comments reveals much hatred for Valve, the likes of which not seen since the days of Left 4 Dead 2.
Just for fun, here’s a quick sampling of some of the comments:
- If you look past the $90 day one DLC, the obvious console port clues, and the $50 four hours of gameplay, what is wrong with this game?
- Absolutely no replay value, very short, very easy, very stupid and a console port (hell, this last one pretty much sums it all up).
- 4 hours. $50 Optional silly hats, SO RANDUM GESTURES XD and skins that were FREE IN HALF-LIFE 1 games. The gameplay is exactly the same as the previous game.
So…I’m thinking the alleged console port thing is pissing the PC fanboys off. I love the comment about the “optional” hats. It’s OPTIONAL! And just what caused this sudden rumor of the game being designed for consoles, but then ported to PCs? There is a disclaimer that reads “Please don’t turn off your console,” in the PC version. SACRILEGE! Even if it were true, which I highly doubt it is, no one noticed it until then so…what’s the issue, exactly?
I’m kind of flabbergasted and disappointed, but hey, it’s the Internet and I guess we have to deal with this kind of thing. On a daily basis. Do you think this criticism is fair/warranted? Should people use Metacritic User Ratings to voice their displeasure about such things? Speak, monsters. Glados is listening.